Piers Morgan Steps Back From TV After Developing CCP Virus Symptom

British TV host Piers Morgan is taking a break from his role on “Good Morning Britain” while he awaits the results of a COVID-19 test.

Morgan said in a tweet on May 3 that he noticed a “mild” symptom of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus and had taken a test out of an “abundance of caution.” The virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, emerged from mainland China last year.

He had previously hosted the show from ITV’s studio. The Monday edition of the program was instead presented by Ben Shephard, alongside Morgan’s regular co-host Susanna Reid.

Morgan has become a prominent face of Britain’s CCP virus coverage in recent weeks, receiving both praise and criticism for his combative style when interviewing government figures.

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Piers Morgan attends the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 25, 2019. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

Last week, the former newspaper editor and CNN host celebrated being cleared by UK media watchdog Ofcom, after viewers complained about his interviews with health minister Helen Whately and health secretary Matt Hancock.

Whately told Morgan, “You’re shouting at me and not giving me a chance to answer” during a confrontational video-conference interview about a lack of testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) in British care homes.

Morgan later said on Twitter that the interview “probably wasn’t quite as ‘uncomfortable’ as what our under-protected NHS & carer frontline heroes are going through.”

The CNN Wire and NTD staff contributed to this report.